Ben Roethlisberger heads to locker room early after injuring knee

Charean Williams
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Ben Roethlisberger injured his knee and hit his head when he was sandwiched between Neville Gallimore and DeMarcus Lawrence just before halftime.

The Steelers called a timeout after the 4-yard completion to the Dallas 41 with 1:31 left. It allowed Roethlisberger to remain in the game. (It is not known why he was not taken out of the game for a concussion check after his head bounced off Lawrence.)

Roethlisberger grabbed his left knee immediately after the play and again before taking the shotgun snap. He also walked with a noticeable limp.

Roethlisberger, though, stayed in the game. He completed four consecutive passes, including a 17-yard touchdown to James Washington that got the Steelers on the scoreboard with 1:10 remaining in the half.

Roethlisberger headed to the locker room after throwing the touchdown pass.

The Steelers got the ball back 18 seconds later when CeeDee Lamb fumbled after a 15-yard gain. Minkah Fitzpatrick recovered at the Dallas 39.

Mason Rudolph went 2-of-3 for 3 yards, getting the Steelers in field goal range. Chris Boswell kicked a franchise-record 59-yard field goal. He missed from 54 yards on the previous snap, but the Steelers were penalized for a false start.

Boswell missed the extra point after the Steelers’ touchdown.

Pittsburgh trails 13-9 at halftime as Garrett Gilbert threw a touchdown pass and ran for 28 yards in his first career start.

UPDATE 5:58 P.M.: The Steelers announced Roethlisberger is expected to return in the second half.

Ben Roethlisberger heads to locker room early after injuring knee originally appeared on Pro Football Talk